Sunday, October 29, 2000

Local Digest

Car dealership fire investigated

        MIDDLETOWN — A $750,000 blaze at a car dealership, which injured two people, remained under investigation Saturday evening.

        Firefighters were called to the Cronin Car Dealership at 3485 Commerce Drive just after 3 a.m. Saturday. They remained on the scene until nearly 7 a.m.

        The blaze consumed $200,000 worth of vehicles at the Lincoln-Mercury-Jeep dealership. In addition, it caused $250,000 damage to a building and $300,000 damage to its contents.

        While fighting the fire, Capt. Rodney Wolfe suffered smoke inhalation. He was treated at Middletown Regional Hospital and released.

        A civilian also was hurt, but that person's name and nature of the injuries were unavailable Saturday evening, officials said.

3 hurt as car
crashes into home

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A car crashed into a home Saturday and injured the vehicle's driver and two children who were passengers.

        The accident occurred just before 2 p.m. in the 9600 block of Arvin Avenue.

        Nicole Hunter, 25, of Springfield Township, was driving a 1982 Buick Regal westbound on Biloxi Drive. For an unknown reason, the car continued westbound across Arvin. It struck a tree and two parked cars, and crashed into a house.

        Ms. Hunter was taken to University Hospital, where she was treated and released. Her sons, Mikel Hunter, 6, and Traveil Hunter, 7, were flown by medical helicopter to Children's Hospital Medical Center. Mikel was being released Saturday evening, but Traveil was admitted in fair condition and was being held overnight for observation, a hospital supervisor said.

        The owners of the house, Malcolm and Lois Wright, were home but uninjured.

        Springfield Township police were investigating.

Passenger dies
in 1-vehicle wreck

               GOSHEN TWP. - A 29-year-old Milford man died in a one-car accident Saturday morning on Woodville Pike, east of Rollaway Drive.

        Rodney Rodgers of Milford, a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the 6:44 a.m. accident, said Ronald J. Meadows, 37, also of Milford, was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on Woodville Pike when the vehicle left the right side of the road and struck a tree.

        Mr. Meadows, who was flown to University Hospital, was listed in serious condition Saturday.

Checkpoint snares
7 on DUI charges

               SPRINGFIELD - Seven people were arrested on charges of driving under the influence during a multi-agency checkpoint Friday night on U.S. 40 east of U.S. 68.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office participated in the effort.

        Of the 749 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 17 were delayed for possible impaired driving, and seven drivers were arrested on charges of DUI. The average blood-alcohol concentration for those arrested was 0.18, above the state law of 0.10. Five drivers refused to take a breath test.

        Ten other citations were issued during the checkpoint, and one person was charged with underage consumption.

Four are charged
in prostitution raid


        FAIRFIELD — Four women were arrested on prostitution and solicitation charges during a raid Friday night at Palm Tree Asian Spa on Dixie Highway, police said.

        Fairfield police Lt. Ken Colburn said the investigation revealed that sexual activity was taking place inside the parlor. A large amount of cash was seized during Friday's raid, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. In 1999, there were two arrests and convictions at the parlor, Lt. Colburn said.

        Lt. Colburn said that since February 1999, police have sent six undercover agents into the massage parlor and arrested six different women for soliciting.

Women's studies event
hosts notable speaker

               Karla Goldman, the first full-time female faculty member at Hebrew Union College-Cincinnati Campus, will speak at the Friends of Women's Studies fall reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Hyde Park.

        Now the historian in residence at the Jewish Women's Archive in Brookline, Mass., Dr. Goldman is the author of Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism.

        The reception will be held at a private home. For directions or to RSVP, call 556-6653 by Monday.

Ohio dental board
chief quits early

               COLUMBUS — The president of the Ohio State Dental Board has told Gov. Bob Taft he will resign at the end of the year — four months before his term was to expire.

        Dr. Donald E. Demkee, a Wooster oral surgeon, had held onto his post despite months of criticism from a group of dentists and a House committee's recommendation in June that Mr. Taft ask for the resignations of all board members except for a consumer representative.

        Earlier this year, a group of dentists and some legislators accused the board of arrogance and of violating some dentists' rights to due process.


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